by: Editor on 1/20/2017
Every year, the Lunar New Year marks a big celebration in Sedona, and 2017 rings in the Year of the Rooster on January 28th. The Rotary Club of Sedona partners with Magical Journeys for a festival of traditional food and culture hosted by Red Chopstick Restaurant at Village of Oak Creek. The famous “New Year’s All Year Round” is committed to fundraising with the Lunar New Year and offering entertainment that highlights the Chinese culture. Proceeds benefit the club’s philanthropic efforts.
At Red Chopstick, Chef Simon Ho concocts a special eight-course dinner available only during the Lunar New Year season. It’s said that his preparation brings all who dine there luck in the new year. You’ll enjoy a tea reception, as well as lion dances and cultural lessons of the traditions before Chef Ho undertakes his elaborate noodle-making demo.
An Event Worth Celebrating
The Sedona Meditation Center also celebrates the new year with fortune telling, fortune calligraphy, an Asian food court, cultural performances, and a wish tree with a paper crane celebration. The parties continue from late-January through mid-February, giving Sedona travelers plenty of opportunities to discover the Lunar New Year happenings.
All Chinese restaurants in Sedona go all out for the New Year celebration, so make this visit to the area full of restaurant hopping!
by: Editor on 1/18/2017
Throughout Arizona, national parks are waiving entrance fees on Martin Luther King Jr. Day so you can make the most of the holiday—and see the incredible beauty of the state. The Grand Canyon is by far the most famous destination with waived fees, but don’t forget to check out numerous national monuments, parks and more on a fun-filled weekend trip from Sedona.
Only on Monday, January 17th, fees will be waived as an homage to Dr. King’s life work. Visit Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and more. The National Park Service is boasting over a dozen fee-free celebrations in 2017, but the kickoff weekend is in January. Find out more about fee-free days at the official website.
Traditionally a “day on, not off, of service,” there are numerous options for volunteering in the Sedona area. One-day volunteer efforts are popular and a great way for visitors to connect with their adopted city. Head over to the local Volunteer Match website to connect with an opportunity that works with your schedule, or check out the Sedona Wish List for ways to donate.
However you celebrate, from heading to a park to checking out Dr. King’s works at a local library or volunteering, make the holiday weekend count.
by: Editor on 1/10/2017
Arizona, and especially the Sedona area, is world-famous for the “red rocks,” but how did they get that hue? Made of red sandstone formations, they can look like they glow a bright red and orange thanks to the sun’s rays. It’s no surprise that they’re a favorite backdrop for a number of activities from photography and hiking to spiritual retreats and, of course, outdoor weddings and photos.
The city of Sedona also has some unique history. The city was named for Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly, wife of the city’s first postmaster circa 1910. She was known for her hard work ethic and hospitality. However, her name was made up by her mother simply because “it sounded pretty.”
The sandstone red rocks are full of hematite, also known as rust, which stains the stones along Schnebly Hill especially deep. Much of the Sedona rock terrain is very steep because the top layer of the “strata” is made up of limestone and basalt—these materials are harder than the actual sandstone underneath.
When water runs along the edge of the terrain, the lower layers are eaten away to create the stunning cliffs Arizona is famous for. Eventually, big slabs break off and form canyons. Where the slabs have fallen away, you can see the raw material underneath before the process begins all over again.
by: Editor on 1/5/2017
It’s no secret that Sedona and Arizona overall touts some of the best Mexican fare in the country. However, if you’re craving something a little different but still full of spicy flavors, check out the Latin-inspired restaurant Mariposa. This upscale, intimate restaurant works for dates, family outings and group events. With a fabulous tapas and dessert menu along with regular lunch and dinner options, there’s something for everyone.
Try the gazpacho served with avocado, fried avocados with aioli, or the grilled Spanish octopus slathered in warm butter with a beans vinaigrette. Jumbo black tiger prawns and mussels baked in a tomato sauce are popular tapas picks, too. A pulled pork tostado is the perfect way to spice things up.
Bigger and Better
Hungry for entrees? An incredible selection of steaks like filet mignon to a French cut Australian rack of lamb are sure to satisfy. All steaks and cuts of meat are served with house chimichurri, or get the cold lobster tail with scallops and jumbo prawns.
Fire roasted chicken, steelhead salmon or the mashed potatoes with almonds are amazing choices. Try the grilled asparagus with truffle butter or Mom’s favorite potatoes au gratin with white cheddar. Ready to indulge?
by: Editor on 12/28/2016
Spending New Year’s Eve in Sedona? It’s a magical holiday here, especially for visitors who are used to a chillier start to the New Year! Feel free to wear your strappy shoes, dresses and lighter suits for a celebration in moderate Sedona temperatures. The Naughty Bits New Year’s Eve Party at Oak Creek Brewery isn’t nearly as scandalous as it sounds. Instead, you get just a $5 cover charge, a complimentary champagne toast, and free food after 10 p.m.!
The Creative ReVisioning for Your New Year: Ceremonies and Mystic Insights Retreat is a very Arizona way to begin 2017. An immersive experience, you’ll be treated to a personalized program in this nature-centric experience. The retreat location is on Highway 89A, with ceremonies located throughout the Sedona area. Find out more on the website.
Instead of heading to one of the many parties at bars, clubs and restaurants in the city, many visitors choose to head to a remote destination on the outskirts of town packing champagne and goodies to star gaze. No fireworks display can compete with the open Arizona sky.
A dusk hike, slipping away to a mom-and-pop restaurant for a special New Year’s menu, or simply ordering take out and snuggling up in your spacious guest room are all popular ways to ring in the New Year in Sedona. Whether you want to party, stargaze or keep it casual, you’re in charge of how 2017 rolls in!
by: Editor on 12/14/2016
Daily from November 27 – December 31, the Sedona Heritage Museum in uptown offers an all-ages old time ornament making event where attendees can craft small gifts, ornaments and adornments for trees and gifts. Create wreathes, garlands and classic ornaments, or simply spend time with family and friends. A favorite “make and take” activity in Sedona, participants get hands-on help from crafty experts, and samples are available for inspiration.
The museum has a long-standing tradition of catering to kids, including a year-round two-hour hands-on experience for free—or even a scavenger hunt on site! With over 500 photos in the archives and countless artifacts, the museum specializes in pioneering communities that thrived in the area starting in 1876.
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (excepting holidays), a trip to the Sedona Heritage Museum is a must any time of year. Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for children. The museum also hosts Christmas in the Park, with free entertainment, complimentary cider and Christmas cookies, on December 10th at 11 a.m. with a Christmas Carol starting at 3 p.m.
Join the monthly Sedona Architecture meeting on December 14th at 10 a.m., featuring local architect Don Woods. Keep an eye on the calendar for more added events and activities throughout the month.